Dance is a performance art, a physical expression of the rhythmic movement of music. Here at ‘The Bontle Modiselle Dance Studio’ we aim to create a safe, friendly and inclusive space for all students of dance. We offer wide variety of dance styles to meet the needs of our students and help them reach their goals whether it be technical improvement, learning a new style or simply just for fitness.
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Dance-Fit is primarily a high energy fitness class, driven by dance. It is an alternative cardio workout, unlike a regular dance class where choreography is taught, but repetition of simple yet effective movements and direction are given. Using tools like your own body weight to making use of steps, it improves overall fitness by building strength, building stamina and memory, reducing fat, and boosting your cardiovascular health. It also burns calories, that way you have a fun, effective way to maintain your target body weight. It also boosts mood and energy levels.
Contemporary Street Dance: Amapiano, Bhenga (Gqom), AfroDance/Kwasa
Birthed by local street Dance culture from ekasi (the hood), urban street dance styles such as Amapiano and Gqom have taken the world by storm.
Dance, representing the sounds of Amapiano – an indigenous genre of music in South Africa – is a dance style that is fun, all inclusive in it’s simplicity yet has intricacies and techniques that give anyone a cutting edge as it increases in difficulty of execution. Amapiano has been around since 2012, but gained its commercial appeal and rise from 2018. Seen and celebrated all over social media through millions of dance challenge videos, Amapiano is the leading dance style of SA.
Bhenga is a dance style that emerges from the musical sounds of Gqom. The Durban origins of Bhenga in the 2010s is representative of a high energy dance style, that has a very particular kind of movement curated to compliment the instrumentals, beats, drops and tempo of Gqom music. Expect to see a lot of intricate footwork that is performed with great ease. Popular dance moves from Gqom culture that have been seen around the world include Gwara Gwara (made popular by DJ Bongz) and the Vosho.
Move/Dance in Heels
Dancing in heels is exciting. It is self explanatory and direct – you’re required to bring your best self wearing a pair of heels (that are easy to walk, move and dance in). In these sessions, you’ll be taught basic skills from learning how to walk in heels, confidently strutting your walk, to learning how to move or dance in heels, building understanding, trust and confidence in your body. You will also be met with lessons on femininity, personal power, sensuality and unapologetic expression removed totally from self doubt and any further judgement of yourself or your body.
AfroDance is a dance movement that is a fusion of various popular dance genres and styles from a variety of countries across the African continent. It’s the melting pot, blending and mixing dance styles seen from Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Congo and South Africa to name a few. AfroDance can be performed to the sounds of AfroBeat, or any genre of music that compliments the movements intended by the creator, which can either be very slow paced, simple and easy or go full on, intense, high energy level performance with quick movements going fluidly from one movement into the next. Popular dance moves most likely to be seen include: Pilolo, Network, Azonto (from Ghana). Shaku, Shoki, Legwork, Poco, Zanku (from Nigeria). Bela from Angola, Gweta from Togo and Amapiano/Gqom moves from South Africa.
Hip hop dance is a range of street dance styles primarily performed to hip hop music or that have evolved as part of hip hop culture. It is influenced by a wide range of styles that were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States but have transcended to the rest of the world. From Popping, locking, breaking, lyrical hip hop, commercial/new style, the range of this style is wide, where technique is key to excellence in the genre.